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Integrated behaviours

An individual’s health is a composite of multiple behaviours. However, health research and policy is traditionally siloed in its approach. We aim to:

  • Deliver multi-behaviour interventions and observational research
  • Utilise big data and AI to understand the impact of integrated behaviour on health and its modifiers
  • Innovative in the approaches to deliver effective multi-level behaviour change


Population-based interventions

Our aims are to:

  • Develop, refine, adapt and evaluate population-based randomised control trials (RCTs) and other interventions
  • Interventions targeting upstream economic, environmental and geographical, social and cultural determinants of health-related behaviour,
  • Interventions which promote the uptake and long-term implementation of effective and cost-effective interventions in routine practice and policy


Longitudinal cohort studies

  • Led by Norwich Epidemiology Centre
  • Studies focussed on the impact of multiple behaviours on health and disease incidence
  • Particular focus on gut, musculoskeletal and cognitive health


Discovery Science

All of our themse are underpinned by strong fundamental science programmes in the Faculties of Medical and Health Sciences (FMH), the Faculty of Science, the Quadram Institute of Bioscience (QIB) and the John Innes Centre (JIC) focussed on establishing the:

  • Genetic, physiological and molecular basis of health maintenance and age-related chronic disease progression
  • Impact of food and its components and other behaviours on biomarkers of health and disease using model systems and explanatory human studies
  • Effect of genetic variability, sex and other variables on the response to behaviour change

The JIC has large research programmes focussed on optimised plant food production and composition


Cross Cutting theme: Impact and Implementation

The realisation of impact and implementation is the starting point for all NIHA initiated research. NIHA membership and collaborations is focussed towards translating our research into innovative policies, products and services that address health and human wellbeing.